In collecting vintage wallpapers over the years, I have occasionally come across some beautiful flocked wallpapers.
I just love the velvety texture of them.
They are truly gorgeous, but they are also very expensive and usually available in only very limited quantities. So, when I came across Martha's new flocking supplies, I had an idea...why not make some of my own!
Here's what you'll need to make some, too...
Paper to flock (wallpaper, wrapping, scrapbook, etc...)
Glue pen with a fine point (or tiny paintbrush and white craft glue)
I began by choosing a flat vintage wallpaper that already had a swirly pattern on it.
Next, I began to cover the areas of the design that I wanted to be flocked with a thin layer of glue.
I highly recommend Martha's glue pens - they allow for very precise control of the glue, which is perfect when working on intricate designs.
Next, I liberally shook some of the flocking powder over the areas covered with glue, let it sit for a few seconds, and then tapped off the excess.
Keep in mind when choosing a flocking color that the paper underneath will show through a bit and this may affect the overall resulting color. If there are any areas that look a bit messy, you can use a toothpick to easily clean it up. I was also careful to only work on a small section at a time, so that the glue didn't dry too quickly on me.
The newly flocked vintage wallpaper...
The entire flocking process is super easy and lots of fun. In fact, it's very similar to how one applied glitter to crafts projects as a child - you know, squeezing out the Elmer's glue, dumping on some glitter, and then shaking of the excess. And remember, you could try this method on any type of paper or make your own design - you don't need to use vintage papers. I am very happy with the results and plan to make some hand-flocked wrapping papers for my (smaller!) holiday gifts this year.
I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Now, do I dare attempt the mall today???